The European technology network "OPET RES-e", launched in Brussels in April 2003, promotes energy technologies for the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources (RES-e). The project aimed at boosting local technology uptake by bringing results from research and technical development to local actors. This initiative will help to reach the target set under the "RES-e directive" (22% of RES electricity by 2010 in the EU), and at the same time it provided input for a local technology-oriented approach implemented through international cooperation.
The OPET RES-e technology network is part of the OPET (Organisations for the promotion of energy technologies) network established in 1991 by the European Commission to promote new energy efficient and innovative technologies. The OPET network has a profound knowledge of the energy technology markets in all EU member states and the accession countries. Within the network, also co-operation activities with countries outside Europe, such as South America, Russia and with developing countries are being implemented. The major role of OPET RES-e within the network was to integrate knowledge and to give feedback to the Commission in terms of the application of the European renewable energy policies.
The main objectives of the European technology network are:
The network carried out a number of actions, including:
These activities ensured that a large number of market actors benefited from the know-how exchange.
18 partners from 13 countries are members of this network, which was co-ordinated by O.Ö. Energiesparverband from Austria. EREC was involved in Work Package 6 that focused on India and China. In particular EREC was involved in the organisation of events in India together with TERI.
For more information please consult the website of the project co-ordinator.
14 months (04/01/2003 – 31/05/2004)